Reveal, Repent and Renew
Posted on September 27, 2019 by America's Keswick in Freedom Fighters
He reveals deep and secret things;
He knows what is in the darkness,
And light dwells with Him.
There is a difference in knowing something and then doing something about it. If I wanted to know why something was bothering me I might go to a doctor. The first thing the doctor would do is to find and reveal what is causing the issue. At that point I have a decision to make as to how I want to address the problem.
I remember having a conversation with the gentleman who was trying to overcome an addiction. He was confused when I told him that God doesn’t just simply fix us. Just like a doctor will reveal a problem, it’s not until we are willing to make the decision to go through with the process that it will be fixed. The same thing in our spiritual life, God wants to reveal things in our heart that are troubling to Him and us. It is then up to us as to whether we want to surrender and be willing to go through the process of change.
There are many times when I wonder why things are going the way they’re going. It causes a reaction that can be unfavorable. It usually reveals an attitude or an evil intent that is brought to light. At that moment, I have the option of either confessing it and repainting of it, or feeding it and allowing it to cause havoc. “Reveal, Repent and Renew” are actions we should take when God shows us an area that is detrimental to us and the people around us.
But be careful. There are many times I’m confronted with something that’s out of my control. It usually causes anxiety and unrest. Then there are those things that are revealed that I have the ability to change. The prior is about acceptance and the latter is about action. The Serenity Prayer starts off like this,
“God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.”
Serenity is a calm, peaceful and untroubled state of mind that helps us to discern what our next step should be. I believe God wants us to be free, and with an attitude of, “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” Hebrews 12:1b. The key to that verse is when we are confronted with an issue that needs to be changed, the answer is to be, “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” 12:2a.
So, the next time you get that sinking feeling that something’s not right, “Reveal, Repent and Renew” are just a walk in the right direction away.
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri and serves with her as full-time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Think About This: Great character, like massive roots, grow deep when water is sparse and winds are strong. – Charles Swindoll
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:23-24
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article5 are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.